For decades, Chautauqua Institution has brought people of different
faiths – and no faith – together for civil, enlightening dialogue.
Building on that work, this week we dive even deeper into questions of
identity, religion and community. Major research organizations such as
Pew Research Center and PRRI report that religions are undergoing
dramatic change: a decline in mainstream Christianity and practicing
Judaism, demographic shifts pointing toward a growing Muslim population,
and more young people than ever who claim no affiliation with any
organized religion. Some detect crisis amidst these changes, but in this
week we look to the possibilities. What impacts do shifting religious
norms mean for other aspects of public life? How are churches
reinventing themselves as moral centers of the communities they serve?
Together, we imagine the future of faith and of religion as we have come
to know it.
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